Henri Poincaré, Science and Method

Henri Poincaré

 “The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living.  I am not speaking, of course, of the beauty which strikes the senses, of the beauty of qualities and appearances. I am far from despising this, but it has nothing to do with science. What I mean is that more intimate beauty which comes from the harmonious order of its parts, and which a pure intelligence can grasp.

Henri Poincaré

If a country ne…

“If a country neglects basic research it is doomed to be
always a follower and not a leader, and it will lose its most talented young scientists who will go elsewhere. Healthy science is like a healthy tree: you cannot destroy the roots and hope that the branches will flourish.”

David Gross, 2004 Nobel Laureate in Physics.